Learn about how stress affects the brain and the resilience scale in this scientifically based video (7:42) created by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative in consultation with the FrameWorks Institute and the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.
Why do we sleep? Well... that's a tricky question. More easily answered is the question, "How do we sleep?" In this episode, Hank discusses some of the ways our brain functions when sleeping and how it can malfunction as well.
This four minute animated video presents the core story of brain development. Learn how childhood experiences can affect our brains and how we sometimes need our brains to function like 'air traffic control'.
The human brain is complex and awe-inspiring, so of course we have been trying to figure out how to control it. From electricity to light, here are some of the ways we have attempted to command our wrinkly thinkers.
The human brain is visibly split into a left and right side. This structure has inspired one of the most pervasive ideas about the brain: that the left side controls logic and the right side controls creativity. And yet, this is a myth, unsupported by scientific evidence. So how did this idea come about, and what does it get wrong?
Often people make decisions that are not “rational” from a purely economical point of view — meaning that they don’t necessarily lead to the best result. Why is that? Are we just bad at dealing with numbers and odds? Or is there a psychological mechanism behind it?
Remember that guy from 300? What was his name? ARG!!! It turns out our brains make and recall memories in different ways. In this episode, Hank talks about the way we do it, what damaging that process can do to us, and that guy... with the face and six-pack...
You spend weeks studying for an important test. On the big day, you wait nervously as your teacher hands it out. You’re working your way through, when you’re asked to define "ataraxia." You know you’ve seen the word before, but your mind goes blank. What just happened?
Think back to a really vivid memory. Got it? Now try to remember what you had for lunch three weeks ago. That second memory probably isn’t as strong—but why not? Why do we remember some things, and not others? And why do memories eventually fade? Catharine Young gives the basics on memory and memory loss.
The traditional model of our mental function is that first our senses provide data to our brain, which then translates those senses into the appropriate mental phenomena: light into visual images, air vibrations into auditory experiences, etc. But what if that process is actually occurring simultaneously?
Would you open an umbrella indoors? How do you feel about the number 13? Whether or not you believe in them, you’re probably familiar with a few of these superstitions. But where did they come from? Stuart Vyse shares the weird and specific origins of superstitions.
In the 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamian kings recorded and interpreted their dreams on wax tablets. In the years since, we haven't paused in our quest to understand why we dream. And while we still don’t have any definitive answers, we have some theories.
Nostalgia was once considered an illness confined to specific groups of people. Today, people all over the world report experiencing and enjoying nostalgia. But how does nostalgia work? And is it healthy?